Howard Duff

Happy birthday to actor HowardDuffHoward Duff, born Nov. 24, 1913 in Bremerton, WA. Duff began acting in high school and went on to be part of the Repertory Playhouse in Seattle until joining the Army Air Corps during WWII, where he worked as an announcer for the Armed Forces Radio Service. When the war was over, Duff landed the role of Sam Spade in the radio show The Adventures of Sam Spade, which ran from 1946 to 1950. Duff’s first movie role was in the noir classic Brute Force (1947) with Burt Lancaster. He appeared in about two dozen movies throughout the 1940s and 50s, including several more noir films: The Naked City (1948), All My Sons (1948), Illegal Entry (1949), Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949), and Shakedown (1950). In 1950, Duff appeared together with Ida Lupino in the film noir Woman in Hiding. In 1951, they were married and would appear together in three more noirs: Jennifer (1953), Private Hell 36 (1954), and Women’s Prison (1955). Duff successfully transitioned to television in the late 1950s, including co-starring with Lupino in the sitcom Mr. Adams and Eve (1957-58). Duff and Lupino eventually separated in 1966 and were divorced in 1984. Duff had an active television career along with occasional parts in movies up until his death in 1990. One of his more memorable film roles was as Dustin Hoffman’s attorney in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979). Duff died of a heart attack in 1990 at age 76.

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